Māori myths and legends imbue all facets of life in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Stories about Tāne Mahuta, the atua (god) of the forests and all who reside within them, are well known throughout Aotearoa. These coins depict the story of Tāne and how he acquired the three baskets of knowledge. Tāne was confronted by his jealous brother Whiro, the atua of darkness, and his underlings. Tāne had to best them to reach the 12th heaven, where he was escorted by attendants into the presence of Io-Matua, the Supreme God, and bestowed with the three baskets of knowledge.
- Set of two 1/2oz proof coins featuring stunning Māori art
- Minted from 0.9999 gold
- Designed by David Hakaraia, Wellington, New Zealand
- Presented in a wooden wakahuia box with a certificate of authenticity
- Extremely low worldwide limited mintage of 150 sets.
These coins have been designed by David Hakaraia, the designer of the NZ Post Māui coin series. They portray the story of Tāne Mahuta, the god of forests and birds, who brought the baskets of knowledge to Earth. One coin depicts the god Tāne Mahuta, who is embodied in the living world as a towering, sacred kauri tree. The second coin depicts poutama (the stairway to attainment of knowledge), the messengers of Io (the supreme spiritual power) and the three baskets of knowledge:
Te kete Tuauri
Contains sacred knowledge of ritual, memory and prayer, which relates to the creation of the natural world.
Te kete Tuatea
With ancestral knowledge of matters beyond space and time, te kete Tuatea carries our experience of connections with one another and with the past.
Te kete Aronui
This basket contains the knowledge that could assist mankind: knowledge of love, peace and the arts and crafts. It is also regarded as the basket of literature, philosophy and humanities.
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|Denomination:||Two x ten New Zealand dollars|
|Weight:||Two x ½oz|
|Obverse design:||Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom|
|Reverse design:||Coin 1: Baskets of Knowledge; Coin 2: Tāne Mahuta|
|Designed by:||David Hakaraia, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Worldwide mintage limit:||150|
|Mint:||B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt GmbH|
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Beautiful coins. But as a complete novice in coins I recommend a simple basic guide included with all of your coins on how/how not to handle them and the protective covers as I found out within 5 minutes. Covers easily scratched. Any instructions would be good. Cheers.